Did you ever wonder what a pile of 101,640 Q-Tips looks like? Well we don’t have to wonder anymore, thanks to the Fourth Grade classes at Scottsdale Christian Academy and their recent Q-Tip competition drive! This pile of product was all donated by a few classes of Fourth Graders. Along with the Q-Tips; toilet paper, brand new socks and sun-screen were collected and donated. Proof once again that tiny hands and feet can make a MAJOR IMPACT!
We’re thankful once again for our ongoing partnership with the Arizona Coyotes. Last month they hosted Harvest Compassion Centers as their Non-Profit of the Night at one of their weekend home games. Not only did the Coyotes promote HCC before and during the entire game, they offered our Serving SPROUTS several V.I.P. experiences!
SPROUTS were able to sit on the team’s bench during warm-ups and yes, get sprayed with water and ice chips! Our SPROUTS were also able to take part in their player high-five tunnel and one lucky SPROUT got to ride the Zamboni as the ice was prepped for game time!
The Arizona Coyotes Foundation is constantly giving back locally with an emphasis on making sure the kids in their community are taken care of. Thank you, Coyotes, for the impact you continue to make in the Valley!
Last month, as we celebrated Easter, our Serving SPROUTS (Small People Reaching Out Unselfishly To Serve) kid’s program wanted to make sure other neighborhood kids experienced some Easter joy! In partnership with Bell Road Church, our Serving SPROUTS and friends donated over 1,000 filled plastic Easter eggs and helped hide them on the Saturday before Easter for a free Easter egg hunt at Palomino Community Park.
In total, our SPROUTS helped to hide almost 8,000 Easter eggs, which takes a lot longer than expected! Every minute was worth it as we watched the kids take off as fast as they could to collect their egg treasures!
Another excellent job giving back SPROUTS!
Each quarter our Serving SPROUTS look for outside community events to take part in, if you have an event coming up that our SPROUTS can help with, please contact Nicolee.
All of us at Harvest Compassion Centers ask you to help us welcome our newest team member, Heidi Dwigun, the new Director of Operations at our Phoenix center. It is with a bittersweet heart that we say farewell to current director, Adrie Olson, as she will resign her position to focus on growing her family.
Heidi is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the HCC family and to be serving the community with fellow staff, volunteers, organizations and families. Originally from upstate New York, Heidi moved to Arizona twenty years ago after graduating Suma Cum Laude with a major in International Marketing. While working in Hong Kong and London, she took advantage of being abroad and has traveled to 43 countries. She is passionate about helping others both locally through mission work and also internationally with church missions’ groups. She has participated in global outreach projects in Mexico, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. She is extremely honored to assist in overseeing the daily operations of Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix. She finds it very rewarding and inspirational to work with individuals and families who are in need of an extra hand. “What a tremendous blessing and honor to work with others who are so passionate about helping those in need in our community. Together, with great heart and good will, we can make such a difference.”
Heidi lives in Scottsdale and is the proud mother of two wonderful teenage children, Madison and Max. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, running and fitness.
Don’t forget to stop in this month and thank Adrie for her years of service and welcome Heidi to team!
All of us at HCC Maryvale want to introduce to you Cesar, an outstanding HCC volunteer who has poured in hours of serving others with our HCC team.
Cesar, who has volunteering at HCC Maryvale since June of 2018, comes in every Tuesday, Friday and sometimes Saturdays to work. Cesar is a man of all trades – he has experience shopping for food and clothes with our guests, cleaning and helping maintain the Center, and working with Director of Operations, Paul, often unloading large donations.
Cesar has a heart to serve. When asked what his favorite thing about volunteering at HCC Maryvale was he replied, “Helping the people!” Cesar encourages others to get involved. “If you have an urge to get out of the house and need to fill your time, you should help your community and come and volunteer. Bring a friend with you as well!”
Cesar is grateful for his time volunteering at HCC and has mentioned to our staff several times that it has changed his life and made him more aware of the need to help others.
When Cesar isn’t at school or volunteering he loves hanging out with his friends and mom, going to movies and helping his uncle work in the construction field.
HCC Maryvale is blessed to serve many local foster families with groceries, hygiene, baby and clothing items monthly. When kids in any family come into HCC Maryvale to shop, they instantly run over to the kids’ play corner and get busy exploring what new toys and books are there to play with and take home. One family has been coming in for several months. Their family has two biological kids of their own and three more foster kids. Every time this family comes into the HCC, they are all smiling and excited to visit their favorite “store.” On their last visit in, as they were leaving, the young boys high-fived the HCC volunteers as they said goodbye and handed them these cards. What an awesome, yet simple, act of thankfulness that these kids gave back to all those serving at HCC Maryvale!
A huge thank you to all the players, parents and director of AZ Desert Sky Volleyball Club in Phoenix for hosting their club clothing and hygiene drive last month. In all, over seven teams filled our HCC FEED1 van more than once with thousands of pounds of gently used clothing and a mixture of hygiene items! Over 500 pairs of socks alone were collected! One 15-year-old AZ Desert Sky player even made her own Clothing Drive flyers, distributed them to friends, family and neighbors and collected cart loads of donations! We know it was a huge team effort and all of us at HCC are extremely grateful for each player and family who got involved! Thank you, AZ Desert Sky!
Last month HCC was awarded a $5,000 grant from The Arizona Republic’s Season for Sharing campaign! The Season for Sharing campaign raises funds annually then awards them to charities that have a strong commitment to helping neighbors and friends who struggle to meet life’s basic needs for food, shelter, safety and education. Since Season for Sharing began in 1993, more than $64 million has been distributed. The 2018-2019 Season for Sharing campaign generated $2.1 million and honored 162 Arizona nonprofit agencies with grants this year. HCC is extremely grateful to be one of those 162! Thank you to The Arizona Republic Season for Sharing campaign and your commitment to serve locally!
We’re thrilled that Harvest Compassion Centers have been nominated as Nonprofit of the Year by AZ Foothills! They launched a competition of over 100 local nonprofits and YOUR VOTE helps us win a FREE media package worth $100,000!
But we only win with your DAILY VOTE! We are currently in Fourth Place but need 100 votes a day to keep pace! Please click on the link below and take five seconds to VOTE for HCC today! Thank you, AZ Foothills, for bringing awareness to our community of the awesome work being done.
Once you figure out your Arizona state tax liability you can donate what you owe to the state to HCC instead. Arizona law allows you to make your tax-credit gift up until April 15, 2019 for the previous year. That’s right! Donate your tax amount, then submit your HCC giving receipt to your CPA and ask for your dollar-for-dollar credit, be sure to include HCC’s state code: 20157. If you live outside of Arizona, let’s hope your state follows Arizona’s lead soon! Millions are donated each year through the state charitable tax-credit program and assists thousands of nonprofits just like Harvest Compassion Center.
Thank you to all who have made their tax-credit gifts to HCC for 2018. We are still seeking 100 more gifts to help us multiply each gift by winning this year’s IMPACT AZ $50,000 Grant! Each and every gift (no matter the size) helps us move one step closer! Please share this news with a friend today!
Still not sure how the Charitable Tax-Credit Plan works, watch this short video below, then follow this link to: